Editorial

Support citizens of Flint

Advocate and provide resources for the community

The city of Flint, Mich. is in crisis over its unsafe water supply.

“The city’s water supply is contaminated with toxic levels of lead, and residents are unable to drink the water that comes through their taps,” according to CNN.

The governor recently said that he hopes the water will drinkable within three months; however, there is no evidence that this will be a possibility.

Unfortunately, Flint was denied status as a federal disaster area and the governor is currently appealing President Obama’s decision.

We The Threefold Advocate believe that Flint, Mich. should be declared a disaster area. The city is in need of a major resource and support. The situation has already been declared a state of emergency, but the people need more help.

Declaring Flint a federal disaster area would give the city the opportunity to receive up to 75 percent of the cost of the emergency, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

We understand that this may seem as though the federal government is continuing to hand out more money, but We The Threefold Advocate urge students to think compassionately. The people in Flint were lied to about the safety of their water and now live in fear of lead poisoning.

The Threefold Advocate also urges students to help the citizens of Flint in practical ways. There are multiple organizations that are accepting monetary donations and bottled water, including Flint Water Fund, Flint Child Health & Development Fund, Catholic Charities of Genesee County and The American Red Cross.

The Threefold Advocate urges students to support this community. They are unsure of when they will be able to fix the problem and do not have disaster funding.